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8th Hainan Danzhou Tournament

Wei Yi6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Ding Liren5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Wang Hao5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Yu Yangyi5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Lu Shanglei2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
8th Hainan Danzhou (2017)

The 8th Danzhou Super GM tournament took place 9th to 18th July 2017.

Official site: Crosstable:

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Malakhov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½2920178th Hainan DanzhouA15 English
2. Naiditsch vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½3620178th Hainan DanzhouC48 Four Knights
3. Wang Hao vs Ding Liren  ½-½2620178th Hainan DanzhouD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov  ½-½4020178th Hainan DanzhouE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Lu Shanglei vs Wei Yi 0-12820178th Hainan DanzhouB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. V Malakhov vs Naiditsch  ½-½6520178th Hainan DanzhouB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
7. Yu Yangyi vs Wang Hao  ½-½5820178th Hainan DanzhouD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Ding Liren vs Le Quang Liem ½-½4420178th Hainan DanzhouA36 English
9. Ponomariov vs Lu Shanglei  ½-½4720178th Hainan DanzhouA13 English
10. Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi  ½-½4420178th Hainan DanzhouE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Wei Yi vs Ponomariov 1-04020178th Hainan DanzhouA13 English
12. Lu Shanglei vs Ding Liren 0-14020178th Hainan DanzhouC50 Giuoco Piano
13. Le Quang Liem vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½5420178th Hainan DanzhouD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Wang Hao vs V Malakhov  ½-½2920178th Hainan DanzhouC45 Scotch Game
15. Naiditsch vs Ivanchuk  ½-½4720178th Hainan DanzhouB41 Sicilian, Kan
16. Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov  ½-½3720178th Hainan DanzhouC48 Four Knights
17. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi ½-½6420178th Hainan DanzhouE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
18. Yu Yangyi vs Lu Shanglei  1-03520178th Hainan DanzhouA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. V Malakhov vs Le Quang Liem 0-13820178th Hainan DanzhouC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Naiditsch vs Wang Hao  ½-½4720178th Hainan DanzhouC42 Petrov Defense
21. Ponomariov vs Ding Liren 0-15220178th Hainan DanzhouE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
22. Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi 1-06420178th Hainan DanzhouC42 Petrov Defense
23. Lu Shanglei vs V Malakhov  ½-½3220178th Hainan DanzhouC67 Ruy Lopez
24. Le Quang Liem vs Naiditsch  ½-½4920178th Hainan DanzhouE73 King's Indian
25. Wang Hao vs Ivanchuk  ½-½3520178th Hainan DanzhouC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  tuttifrutty: Le is the only US player...
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  botvinnik64: Ha-ha! Naiditsch is the only Azeri...
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  Keyser Soze: Malakhov is the only Russian...
Jul-11-17  Imran Iskandar: Ponomariov is the only former (classical) World Champion...
Jul-11-17  ketchuplover: Le might be the only Vietnamese player
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  tamar: Planet Ivanchuk sent only one player
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  cro777: The tournament has some of the toughest anti-draw rules:

– no draw offers are allowed (only theoretical draws or with the agreement of the arbiter),

- if the players draw by repetition within 15 moves they have to start the game again. If they draw by repetition in 15 moves again both players lose!

It seems that even the toughest rules are not enough. We’ve only seen three wins in 15 games.

Jul-12-17  Imran Iskandar: <cro777: ...if the players draw by repetition within 15 moves they have to start the game again. If they draw by repetition in 15 moves again both players lose!>

Why not just have both players lose if they repeat within 15 moves in their first game?

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  WannaBe: Tough anti-draw rules must be working, shortest draw is 26 moves. =))
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  HeMateMe: <- if the players draw by repetition within 15 moves they have to start the game again. If they draw by repetition in 15 moves again both players lose!>

that should just be SOP in FIDE and the USCF.

Jul-13-17  Imran Iskandar: A good race is developing between Wei and Ding.
Jul-13-17  Pedro Fernandez: "Muy interesante <cro>, pero la muestra no es suficiente para sacar una conclusión estadística definitiva."
Jul-13-17  Pedro Fernandez: Very interesting <cro>, but the sample is not enough to draw a definitive statistical conclusion.
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  cro777: <Pedro> Of course that's only an observation that may or may not be reliable.

Nadie prueba la profundidad del río con ambos pies. Hace falta un punto de apoyo en tierra firme, nos da seguridad.

Jul-15-17  Pedro Fernandez: Yeah <cro777>.
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  Marmot PFL: I'm convinced Wei Yi has all the talent needed to contend for the world title. Now in the top 15, and by far the youngest in that group.
Jul-15-17  Imran Iskandar: Wei Yi is simply outthinking his opponents.


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  cro777: A visit to the Danzhou Tropical Botanical Garden during the rest day.

One of the most popular sites in Danzhou is Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden, which contains several thousand rare species from all four corners of the planet.

The players in an intimate encounter with nature in the "tropical plant kingdom":

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  jith1207: <All four corners of the planet> Number of pizza corners in new York city would overtake that count xD

Thanks for the link.

Ding Liren played against Ivanchuk today. I thought he played fully drunk. Now I realise he probably got bitten by a mysterious species of insect in the botanical garden.

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  jith1207: Hey chess elite, Make Wei for Yi. He is in Elite GM category officially, having set to cross ELO 2760 by end of this tournament. Hope to see him being invited for more super tournaments next year and can't wait for that. Hope he gains confidence and showcase consistency against the very top.

Happy for the very healthy competition in ELO 2650 - 2750 category too.

Jul-17-17  mprodrigues: Lu Shanglei is by no means a bad player, but he lost all his games against fellow chinese players and drew the others, might be that they just know his game all too well, but it sure is fishy.
Jul-17-17  markz: <mprodrigues: Lu Shanglei is by no means a bad player, but he lost all his games against fellow chinese players and drew the others, might be that they just know his game all too well, but it sure is fishy.>

I don't think so. Lu rating is 2638, lost 4 drew 4 so far. Malakhov is 2722, also lost 4 drew 4. Do you really think Lu should play better than Matakhov? Any good reason?

Jul-17-17  WorstPlayerEver: <markz>

U giv reason 1st before ask

Jul-17-17  markz: <WorstPlayerEver: <markz> U giv reason 1st before ask>

I gave reason already. Can you read?

My reason: Lu rating is 2638, Malakhov is 2722. Normally, Malakhov should play better than Lu.

My question: Do you really have any good reason to think Lu should play better than Malakhov, who lost 4 drew 4 also? Why do you think Lu's results (lost 4 drew 4) is fishy?

Jul-17-17  mprodrigues: <markz> no no no, you got it all wrong, I'm not saying he losing 4 games and drawing 4 is fishy, that is perfectly normal and actually could happen to any of them, what I'm saying is that he lost to all chinese players and only to them and drew against the others, which is kind of reminiscent of old soviet russia way of fixing matches. Also I said that it might simply be that the other chinese players just know him too well, but it piqued my curiosity nonetheless.
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